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Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands including
Santa Elena Beach Stay

  • Route:
  • London
  • Quito
  • Cruise of the Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil
  • Santa Elena
  • London
4 NIGHTS from £pp

Tour Highlights

  • Relax on Santa Elena's beaches
  • City tours of Quito and Guayaquil
  • Cruise around the Galapagos Islands
  • and more...
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Santa Elena Beach Stay

Day 1 - 2: UK to Quito

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Quito where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Day 3: Quito

    In the morning a half day walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic old town awaits. Visiting Independence Square, stop at the Cathedral and Presidential Palace before passing the church of La Compania and San Francisco. Finishing at El Panecillo Hill, here you will have panoramic views over the capital city whilst enjoying a well-deserved lunch.

    • Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 4: Quito to the Galapagos Islands

    Fly to Baltra Island this morning where you will be met and transferred to Santa Cruz via a short ferry crossing. After a welcome drink and a leisurely lunch, your guide will take you to see the island's famed giant tortoises. These gentle giants roam freely between the national parks and boast lifespans of over a hundred years. Next visit the lava tunnels; formed by rivers of fast flowing liquid lava, a walk through these passageways will take you on an exciting journey back in time to the very formation of these volcanic islands.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: The Galapagos Islands

    Today, take a boat trip out to one of the bio-diverse Galapagos isles. Here you have the opportunity to view a selection of wildlife the islands are so revered for. Spot iguanas lazing in the shade of cacti, blue-footed boobies and sea lions perched on top of rocky outcroppings or frigate birds showing off their vibrant red pouches. Before lunch get a sea lion's view of these magnificent creatures and other marine life such as sea turtles, rays and tropical fish as you snorkel around the bay.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: The Galapagos Islands

    After breakfast, journey on foot through arid, aromatic forests that hug the spectacular white sandy coastline of Tortuga Bay to arrive at hidden blue lagoons. These natural pools are perfect for swimming or snorkelling in or rent a kayak and paddle close to white tip sharks, turtles and schools of rays on the tranquil lagoon of Playa Mansa.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: The Galapagos Islands

    Embark on another boat trip to a different island today to enjoy more wildlife spotting and snorkelling.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: The Galapagos Islands

    Start today with a stop at Cascajo, a breathtaking viewpoint where you can witness a phenomenal panoramic view of Santa Cruz and other islands of the archipelago. Descend onto Garrapatero beach where you can observe flamingos, frigates, mockingbirds and blue-footed boobies. In the afternoon you have the chance to be part of a volunteer program to plant a tree and leave your own eco-signature in these enchanted lands.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: The Galapagos Islands to Guayaquil

    Returning to Baltra Island, you will catch a flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city. Transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 10: Guayaquil

    Embark on a guided morning walk of the city. Starting at the Malecon 2000, an impressive boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River, you will then visit the picturesque neighbourhood of Las Penas before

    • Breakfast

    Day 11: Guayaquil to Santa Elena

    Transfer to your hotel in Santa Elena to commence your beach stay.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Santa Elena Beach Stay - Extension Starts

    Day 12 - 13: Guayaquil to Santa Elena

    Relax on the beautiful beaches of Santa Elena where your time is your own.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 14: Santa Elena to the UK

    Transfer back to Guayaquil airport for your flight back to the UK.

    • Breakfast & Lunch
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.
    • Included In mainland Ecuador breakfast is always western style & served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner in Quito where applicable will be taken in a local restaurant which offers National & International cuisine. For meals not included in the program, your hotel in Quito (Dann Carlton) has 3 different restaurants and a bar which offers local and international dishes. Your hotel in Guayaquil (Unipark) has 1 restaurant which offers local food and a bar. For the Galapagos islands all meals are included either in Royal Palm Hotel and Galapagos cruise Santa Cruz. (Box lunch is served during excursions with Royal Palm).

    Important Information


    A visa is not required for entry into Ecuador for UK passport holders. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check with your destinations? Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.


    You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

    Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
    Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
    For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


    If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

    Flight Information

    All flights are operated by LAN TAM airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kgs of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only and subject to change.

    Health and Vaccinations

    We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before departure.

    Physical Accessibility

    This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility.

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

    Tour Guide

    This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the duration of your trip, ensuring you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

    Currency Information

    You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 should be sufficient.

    Personal Expenses

    You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 should be sufficient.

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Travelling alone?

    Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.

    Charles Darwin Station

    Please note that the Charles Darwin Station is currently partially closed. The Santa Cruz is still offering the excursion as to Charles Darwin Station as there are some sections still open to the public. The Santa Cruz is also offering various other optional excursion as a replacement should clients not want to participate in the visit.

    Fact File

    • Minimum temperature: 17°C
    • Maximum temperature: 31°C

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